JOE’s travel bucket list: 10 bigger, better holidays we want to be on NOW 8 years ago

JOE’s travel bucket list: 10 bigger, better holidays we want to be on NOW

The most stellar holiday destinations out there.

It's September so that means Ireland generously reminds us what our weather is truly like *JOE weeps in the corner*.


For just a fleeting moment, let's get the hell out of here and cheer ourselves up/make ourselves miserable by taking a look at some of the best holiday destinations out there.

We're talking about the ideal world, where the sky is the limit...

Find yourself in Route 66



Everyone, at one point in their lives, should venture on the most famous road trip in the world.

Route 66 is a holiday with a difference - more than 2,000 miles stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles - this is more than just a physical journey, this is a lifetime of memories waiting to happen.

Finland and the Northern Lights



Even within Scandinavia, Finland is a somewhat unique entity.

Add to that a front row view of the Northern Lights and you're onto a winner. Better still, Finland offers you the opportunity to stay in a glass roof igloo and experience a truly amazing sight.

Live the dream in New York City

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Runners compete in the TCS New York City Marathon through Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx in New York, United States on November 2, 2014. The Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany have won the mens and womens titles at New York City Marathon. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


The Big Apple, baby. New York, New York is the city that never sleeps and the location that will cost you a pretty penny in return for a great time.

This 100 mile an hour pop culture epitome will leave you breathless with its bright lights, stunning architecture and cultural excess - what are you waiting for?!

Great Barrier Reef and its natural wonders

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Actually designed by the animals who live there, the beauty and vastness of the Great Barrier Reef will take your breath away.

If you're ever in Australia, do not leave without snorkeling or diving in one of the country's most amazing natural wonders, because life under the water near Cairns is truly buzzing.

Hang with the beautiful people of Hollywood

Hollywood sign

Live the life of a movie star by rocking up in Hollywood and partying hard.

Join a host of the biggest movie stars by staying in the famous Sunset Boulevard and pay a visit to Warner Bros. studios, you never know, you might get spotted and have a whole new career.

Tornado chasing in Oklahoma


Now we're talking! For all the adrenaline junkies out there looking to get their fix, pack your bags for Oklahoma.

Get up close and personal with nature at its angriest by catching one of the state's renowned storms in the flesh. You'll forever appreciate our temperate winds afterwards.

South African wildlife adventure

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Another holiday with a bit of energy, play the role of David Attenborough and head on into the African wild for some animal spotting.

If you're fascinated by the great unknown then you'll love seeing all the hippos, zebras, lions and elephants in their natural habitat.

Kickin' it Sydney style

Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve

A home from home for many Irish, Sydney is one of the best cities in the world for a few weeks' holiday because it's always up for a party.

Circular Quay is a must-visit city location, playing host to the stunning Sydney Opera House and the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge, all while enjoying a beer and the craic with the locals.

Mixin' it up in Tokyo

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Due to the sheer size of the Tokyo economy, the Japanese capital can pretty much charge what it pleases but, trust us, you'll have an unforgettable time.

Why? Tokyo plays host to a futuristic architecture, top-class male fashion, some of the tastiest food in the world and a culture that embraces its tourists like few others. You'll have a ball.

Party time in Cancun


If you're looking for sun, sea, exotic beaches and some serious fun at night, then look no further than Cancun in Mexico.

This place just loves to party, there's something going on at every corner and it's done in style. Throw in the ancient Mayan ruins and you're all set for a crackin' holiday.

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